April 24, 2015 – Senior agricultural economics majors TaNia Rowland and Oneisha Gary conducted oral presentations at the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists (ASBS) 80th Annual Conference in Fayetteville, N.C. March 18.
The ASBS is an organization dedicated to providing an avenue for African-American scientists to exchange ideas on educating students. It provides an opportunity for scholars to present or discuss research in all academic arenas, and sponsors several awards and activities for individuals presenting research.
Rowland’s presentation, titled “Dairy Management Systems in the Southeastern United States,” helped the senior claim first place honors and a $100 prize in the Theophilus E. McKinney Undergraduate Student Research Competition. The award is named after the founder of ASBS, Theophilus McKinney. McKinney conducted surveys of farmers in Georgia and Florida to determine if they preferred a pasture – based dairying system or a conventional system where dairy cows are fed in a confined environment. Rowland’s survey data is part of a larger project in collaboration with the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. It is sponsored by a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant.
Gary’s shared a presentation, called “Consumer Willingness to Purchase Georgia Grown Pecans,” in a non-competing category. Her research focused on finding factors that influenced people to buy pecans with the Georgia Grown label in Georgia. Such factors include income and prospective consumers’ education levels. She said that such information will be helpful to people in advertising and promoting Georgia grown pecans. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, coordinator of FVSU’s Agricultural Economics Program, provided the survey data for Gary’s report. Ibrahim also serves as the students’ advisor.
Jackie Whitehead, research assistant for FVSU’s Agricultural Economics Program, accompanied the two young ladies to the competition. “They were excited about going, and they did their best by putting their best foot forward. When you go out into the world, you’re going to have to make presentations. This is giving them a start to let them know how to face people, how to do research and how to present their findings,” Whitehead said. Whitehead also said the students’ research will be available as reference material for students and teachers.
FVSU Agricultural Communications Department